BOGOPizza still open for business – big business

Published on Thu, Nov 17, 2005 by ara Nelson

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BOGO Pizza still open for business – big business

By Tara Nelson

BOGO Pizza, will remain open despite talk of closure, says owner Jerry Thrasher.

Thrasher who has owned and operated the restaurant since 2004, said he was thinking of closing the restaurant because of a typical decline in business during the winter months, but changed his mind when the owner of the building decided to give him a reduction on rent.

“Blaine is such a tough market,” he said. “It’s hard to make it as a business here.”

Thrasher said he moved to Bellingham in 1999 from Spokane to check out Ferndale’s Pizza Factory, which was for sale at the time.
After working at the Pizza Factory for five months, he decided to open his own business instead – this time in Blaine.

Thrasher, who said he has considerable experience in the pizza industry – beginning as a delivery driver and gradually working up to marketing and operations director for Stuft Pizza, a chain restaurant with stores throughout the Northwest – took the space BOGO currently occupies because it was fully equipped and located in an area destined for growth.

“They say once you’ve got pizza sauce in your blood you can’t get it out,” he said.

To celebrate his decision, Thrasher said he since created three new pizzas. One, called “The Five Pounder” ($24.99) is a huge pizza loaded with toppings such as red onions, sausage, pepperoni, tomatoes, green bell peppers and olives, and weighs in as the name suggests. “It’s equal to a 16-inch double supreme pizza,” he said. “It’s huge – more than five pounds.”

Thrasher calls the other one, “The Biggest Pizza in Blaine,” ($14.99 and up for the basic cheese pizza) measuring more than 16 inches wide.
But however delicious the new specials are, it may be hard-to-beat the BOGO classics, such as the western gourmet, a barbeque chicken pizza ($5.99 and up), or the eastern gourmet ($6.49 and up), a thin crust with tangy teriyaki sauce, chunks of chicken breast (the real kind, not processed and formed), bell pepper, cashew nuts and pineapple, as well as the restaurant’s popular chicken and spuds.

Our most popular pizza is the deluxe pizza, although a lot of people also like the eastern gourmet pizza,” he said.

The restaurant is also serving a new line of oven-toasted sandwiches including teriyaki chicken, chicken chipotle (smoked jalepeno), chicken bacon ranch, barbeque chicken, meatball and Italian varieties (all $2.99).

Thrasher also said hours of operation have changed slightly. The restaurant will remain open for lunch on Tuesday and Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. but will shorten its hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to 4 to 9 p.m. It will also be closed on Sunday.
BOGO Pizza is located at the corner of Peace Portal and Marine drives and can be reached at 332-9494. Delivery is free in limited areas.